For many people, an epilepsy disability isn't discovered until they have a first seizure – and that first seizure can be a terrifying experience for both the individual and his or her loved ones. When you are diagnosed with epilepsy, there is almost always that initial fear and uncertainty. When will it happen again? What should my family do when I have another seizure?
One way to help yourself and your family feel more in control of a seizure disorder is to talk openly about it and about what to do. As New York Social Security disability lawyers, we'd like to offer some information on basic first aid for seizures so that you're prepared:
- Do not restrain the person. You can gently place something soft under the head and clear the area of anything dangerous.
- Never put anything in the person’s mouth. It is a myth that a person can swallow his or her own tongue – so no need to worry there. You also should not give the person anything to eat or drink until he or she has recovered from the seizure.
- Time the seizure. If it lasts more than 5 minutes, the person has been injured, or the person has a second seizure, call 911.
- Above all, stay calm. Your support and rational action are sometimes the best first aid. Make sure you understand the warning signs of your loved one’s seizures, and talk with your doctor about when you should call 911.
An epilepsy disability can manifest in many ways, and each case is different. Before you give any kind of first aid, speak with your doctors about your specific needs and how you can educate your family to care for you. If you are ready to pursue Social Security disability for epilepsy in New York, speak with one of our skilled White Plains disability lawyers today at 1-855-614-4351 or 866-205-2415. We look forward to answering your legal questions and working hard for you.